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IPSASB Seeks Comments on Retirement Benefit Plans Proposals

Stakeholder comments on Exposure Draft (ED) 82 Sought by August 1, 2022

Apr 1, 2022 | New York, New York | English

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board® (IPSASB®) has today released for comment Exposure Draft (ED) 82, Retirement Benefit Plans. This ED is intended to increase the transparency and accountability of public sector entities regarding multi-employer retirement benefit obligations. Stakeholder comments on ED 82 are sought by August 1, 2022.

“Retirement benefit obligations can represent a significant but often hidden liability for the public sector,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers. “The draft Standard requires public sector employee retirement benefit plans to provide a complete view of their financial activities, assets and obligations. This increased transparency is intended to result in stronger public financial management and better-informed decision making.”

In developing principles for the public sector, the private sector requirements in IAS 26 were used as the starting point. The IPSASB adapted IAS 26, based on experience from around the world, to ensure the unique characteristics of the public sector are reflected in the ED. In particular, it has reviewed the existing policy choices available in IAS 26 and proposes to remove those that are not appropriate for the public sector or are inconsistent with existing IPSAS.

Comments will be reviewed and discussed by the IPSASB alongside other feedback to help shape the final International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS™) related to Retirement Benefit Plans.

How to Comment
To access the Exposure Draft, its summary At-a-Glance document, and the Request for Information or to submit a comment, visit the IPSASB website. Comments are requested by August 1, 2022. The IPSASB encourages IFAC members, associates, and Network Partners to promote the availability of this Consultation Paper to their members and employees.

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The governance and standard-setting activities of the IPSASB are overseen by the Public Interest Committee (PIC), to ensure that they follow due process and reflect the public interest. The PIC is comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector or financial reporting, and professional engagement in organizations that have an interest in promoting high-quality and internationally comparable financial information.